PARENTS concerned a primary school near Bridgwater is in 'turmoil' have been reassured by the leader of the Quantock Education Trust.

Concerned parents of children at Spaxton Primary School raised concerns about the number of staff leaving the school in quick succession.

But while acknowledging that four staff members are leaving, chief executive of the Quantock Education Trust Karen Canham said the trust was working tirelessly to provide the highest quality of education.

Mrs Canham said: "Four members of staff are leaving, two of which we knew about. One is retiring, one has reached the end of their teaching contract, one is leaving to join another school and one has asked to be released from their contract.

"The short notice has left us in a difficult position but it is one we are dealing with.

"The Quantock Education Trust schools including Stogursey and Spaxton are seeing the benefits of working closely together, whether that is IT systems, site management, teaching practice and quality and administration matters.

"The wellbeing, safety and progress of our children are of paramount importance.

"We understand that in this period of transition, parents are feeling concerned and we want to reassure parents that our aim is to provide the highest quality of education for our children and we will work tirelessly to ensure that Spaxton is a truly Outstanding school in all aspects of which the children, parents and governors feel justifiably proud of."

One frustrated parent said: "This is a good school and yet two days before they break up it's in turmoil."